January 2, 2009

Actors' son Jett Travolta dies at 16

Posted: 05:14 PM ET

(CNN) - The 16-year-old son of actors John Travolta and Kelly Preston died Friday morning after suffering a seizure while vacationing with his family in the Bahamas, Travolta's attorney told CNN.travolta2

"At this point, we know that John Travolta and Kelly Preston's only son, Jett, had a seizure at around 10 a.m. this morning," attorney Michael Ossi said. "All attempts to revive him were unsuccessful."

The boy hit his head after the seizure, but the exact cause of death is not known, Ossi said. An autopsy will be conducted Monday. His body will be transferred to Ocala, Florida, for burial, he said.

Jett's death "was completely out of the blue," he said. "John and Kelly are happy when their children are happy. This is the worst day of John's life."

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Rita K   January 2nd, 2009 9:14 pm ET

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Travolta family. A few years a go I had a student who suffered with this same disorder. So little is known about Kawasaki's Syndrome. It is more common among females. Sometimes it is mistaken for diabetes. I hope that the conversation turns to education about the truth about disabilities, and NOT a condemnation of beliefs. Again, this is so sad.

Nick Sunset   January 2nd, 2009 9:14 pm ET

Larry, why are we concerned with some Celebrities family member? I believe we are not, and we would wish to leave the family to grieve without putting this situation out there for public consumption.

Your show is becoming more and more like TMZ and that is not what the majority wants. Don't believe the hype their are still decent soles out there that believe that these issues are truly private.

A little less tabloid journalism would be appreciated.

Mark Cabian   January 2nd, 2009 9:19 pm ET

As tragic as this event is, it is worth mentioning that the church of Scientology (of which John Travolta is an adherant) absolutely refuses medical treatment for those who experience seizures.

Claudia   January 2nd, 2009 9:20 pm ET

My heart goes out to John, his wife Kelly and their daughter Ella. After witnessing the video of John leading his son into the van, I have to make the following comment. As the mother of two sons with autism, Jett did display some definite signs of the disability. In the video he can be seen styming on his fingers in the van and he also showed the slight open-mouthed gape that many individuals with autism exhibit. My youngest son Matthew (age 19) suffers from seizures which are not necessarily related to his autism. In fact our neurologist states that many male children can suffer from seizures during the onset of puberty. Matthew has been on anti-seizure meds for over 3 years now, but still does have break-through seizures.

Again, my heart hurts tonight for the Travolta family. My God bless Jett and keep your family in his loving hands.

Claudia from Pawtucket, RI

Lillian   January 2nd, 2009 9:21 pm ET

I think Scientology has something to do with it. They believe that autism and any other mental illness is what the mind thinks up. Kelly Preston, his mom campaigns against psychiatric treatment. There needs to be an investigation on Scientology regarding these mysterious and sudden deaths.

Nancie Anderson   January 2nd, 2009 9:22 pm ET

My heart goes out to the Travolta's.
But as a parent of a 17 yr old with autism I truely believe this young man was on the spectrum.
He had all the classic signs and the parents refused to acknowlege.
Heaven has another angel

Moshe Arditi, MD   January 2nd, 2009 9:23 pm ET

Dear Larry, I just watched your program interviewing Mr. Travolta from several years ago about his son s illness with Kawasaki Disease at age 2,5. This is a tragic situation. Just to clarify Kawasaki Disease is an Infectious Disease, most likely caused by a virus that has yet to be identified and children who develop Kawasaki Disease (a febrile illness that lasts at least ten days) develop coronary artery lesions and dilatation in 20 percent of cases. Treatment of IVIG can drop this coronary lesion incidence to 2 %. Once a child has developed coronary lesions during Kawasaki Disease they will be at risk ALL their life to develop coronary clots and myocardial infarct and death.

Larry- I am happy to inform you and the audience of CNN about Kawasaki Disease and complications. I am the Director of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Immunology at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles. and my Research involves Kawasaki Disease- funded by the NIH. I work in the same Coronary Artery Research Group as Dr. P.K. Shah at Cedars and (we are very close). Let me know if I can be of any help.

Moshe Arditi, MD
Vice-Chair, Department of Pediatrics,
Cedars Sinai Medical Center
Professor of Pediatrics, UCLA
Director, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Immunology
Cedars Sinai MEdical Center

Barbara Hanrahan   January 2nd, 2009 9:23 pm ET

Reguarding John's son, please don't be so quick to ask if medication was administered, because it doesn;t always matter. My daughter had leukemia at age 3, neurotoxicity ensued, and then last year at the age of 13 she had her first seizure. We have been trying the entire year to get her to be seizure free, however it is not an exact science. It is scarry to live each day wondering if the worst could happen. and now for John and his family it has. Pray for strength for his family to endure this tradgedy

cindy hembree   January 2nd, 2009 9:23 pm ET

I, as I am sure are so many, so sorry to hear of this. John Travolta and his family seem like many of us. He's down to earth and seems so touchable, unlike many celebrities. I have 2 children and feel his pain. He has given to so many and I hope his family will be helped through this. I listen to celebrity news but when something like this happens I would rather the press leave the family to grieve than to read about it. Hope everyone leaves them alone during this time of tragedy. I'm sure everyone's heart and prayers are with the family. God Bless.

robin thompson   January 2nd, 2009 9:25 pm ET

My heart goes out to the Travolta family. My best friend of 50 years lost her son in 1999 exactly the same way. Mark had had seizures in history, but died totally unexpectedly. The doctors never really answered whether his fall caused a seizure or a seizure caused his fall. His mother found him and could do nothing. He was only 21. To all the family and friends of the Travoltas I can only say, pray for them, hold them when they weep, know that life will never be the same, and as the weeks go by, don't forget the family. This will be a years' long trauma. I pray the family will feel the love of their fans at this most tragic time.

Marilyn Hobbie   January 2nd, 2009 9:26 pm ET

Dear Mr King, please send my condoesants to John Travalti and Familyn from me..This is a tragic again I am so sorry to hear..Love to the family Marilyn Hobbie I have seen all of Johns movies

Judith Del Nero   January 2nd, 2009 9:27 pm ET

I as well as everyone else are devasted for the family on losing Jett. My question is: If the child had health problems and perhaps autism, why was there no caregiver checking on him before ten o'clock in the morning. I find that unforgiving.

H.H. Hehpsehboah A.   January 2nd, 2009 9:27 pm ET

May we all be kind and wish the best of strength to John Travolta and his family. Life does not end with death, since there is no death. Even if the pain is great for you who are left behind in your bodies, your loved one is near by. The love they feel is real and they will stand by you. Even now be strong. Love is forever and so is never ending. May all the comfort in the universe surround you.
The Saoshyant, H.H. Hehpsehboah A. – Vancouver, Canada

Scott B   January 2nd, 2009 9:29 pm ET

Please no disrespect, but from the video I saw of Jett Travolta, he looks either mentally delayed or has autism. He does not exhibit motor or facial expressions of a healthy 16 year old.

MINDY TAYLOR   January 2nd, 2009 9:32 pm ET

I extend my sincere condolences to John Travolta, Kelly Preston and their entire family on the tragic passing of their young son. My son Michael is a healthy 16 year old. Unfortunately this untimely death will hopefully help Mike understand why I am an extremely worrisome and questioning mother. May the Travolta/Preston families feel the true compassion expressed by myself and I am sure, their millions of other fans.

Lynette   January 2nd, 2009 9:33 pm ET

I'm so sorry to hear about the death of the Travolta's son. But why do you keep saying "John Travolta's son"? He is also the son of Kelly Preston. Please include both parents.

Anne   January 2nd, 2009 9:35 pm ET

I have watched the clips of John's son Jet. It is obvious the boy had
autism, why would John and Kelly not admit this. For parents with autistic children the more publicity the better for help for the kids.

Stephen   January 2nd, 2009 9:35 pm ET

We need to know why Scientology doesn't allow treatable cures by psychiatrists, psychologists and other medical professionals. This is the perfect time to understand it. Travolta knew about these medical conditions, he negligent to his kids because he didnt get help because of the Cult of Scientology.

Debbie Potts   January 2nd, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Mr King,

My 7 yr wold nephew had Kawasaki's diagnosed back in October. This required a 10 day stay at Children's Nat'l Med Ctr in Washington, DC he has had close follow up with echo cardiograms and is doing well. At first the doctors thought it was Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, they unfortunately have similiar symptoms. It started with a sore throat, with swollen lymph nodes and a temperature of 105.

He has had close follow up every few wks with an echo cardiograms his next one is scheduled for April. To complicate matters is was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 5.

Lisa & Darryl Jenkins   January 2nd, 2009 9:38 pm ET

To theTravolta family. You have our deepest sympathy with the lost of your son. We too lost our son on May 8, 2005 (Mothers Day) when he was 15yrs old. Yes we are one of many that can actually say we know exactly what you are going through and how you feel when it comes down to loosing not just your child but a best friend also. Our son went to be with the Lord our God in a different way. He was shot not gang related or anything just a person that felt they had the right to take our childs life. Just after seeing him 30 minutes earlier. We never want to look at it as our children leaving us first but we have learned that God always has a plan in hand that we don't know about but some how we have to look at it as being his will and his way. No we still have the question "WHY" and who is to say, when we will understand but some how it all seems to get better. We will keep you and your family in our prayers to give you the strenghth to carry on day after day. God bless you all.

Leroy Jenkins   January 2nd, 2009 9:44 pm ET

I feel that this is a preventable death, but John Travolta and Kelly Prestons adherence to Scientology caused him to lose his life very early. Scientologists believe that it is a gravely sin to get medical treatments that involves psychiatry. His parents denied for years that he hadn't had autism but the video that you just showed on Larry King Live showed otherwise. No ordinary 16 year old kid would have loss of facial recognition. Scientology should be investigated by medical authorities and police because of this death.

John davoli   January 2nd, 2009 9:47 pm ET

The isreal's are really pushing there luck.The world will not put up with there crying, anymore.

yolanda   January 2nd, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Its hard to feel sorry for Hamas...Hamas needs to stop bombing Isreal–they too are trying to kill as many people as they can – its just they are not achieve their goal ... Isreal has a right to protect and defend herself...


Timothy.M   January 2nd, 2009 9:51 pm ET

My heart as well as my prayer's go out to the family.cant the media just leave this family alone, think if was your family, would u want it on the news???!!!!

Sean   January 2nd, 2009 9:53 pm ET

It is very possible that Jett Travolta did not have "Kawasaki Syndrome." According to some, Jett may have had autism. Some individuals with autism can and do develop seizures. John Travolta's brother is reportedly very involved in advocating for the needs of individuals with autism. John and his wife were Scientologists – Scientologists are often against the provision of psychiatric/medical interventions. It is possible that Jett required medical treatment for his seizures but may not have received that treatment. On Larry King Live tonight, it is particularly shocking that the possibility that Jett may have had autism was never brought up. Dr. Gupta did not even bring it up, focusing instead on discussing the rarity of "Kawasaki Syndrome" in older individuals. The Travolta Family may have been in clearcut denial over their son's true diagnosis. It is rather intriguing that Jett rarely appeared in public and there are few photos of him with his parents/sister. There could clearly be reasons why the family kept Jett from being seen/heard from. If Jett had autism and was seriously impacted by this disorder, this could have been one very real reason why the Travoltas may have shielded Jett from the public. Autism is a disorder of neurological origin. It is not an emotional disorder but a physical one which can have far-reaching and longlasting implications for the afflicted individual as well as for the family. Once a low-incidence disability, autism is now more prevalent than all other childhood illnesses combined. No matter what the circumstances, however, the loss of a child is devastating.

Tiffany   January 2nd, 2009 9:56 pm ET

that is sad and devastating! My heart goes out to his family!

Crystle   January 2nd, 2009 9:57 pm ET

I will pray for the Trovolta family and also the Littrell family as well

Jerry   January 2nd, 2009 9:57 pm ET

How can you bear the loss of a child? My sincere condolences to the Travolta family in their unbearable time of grief.

Maryl-CA   January 2nd, 2009 9:58 pm ET

What a tragedy. My prayers are with the Travolta family.

Ana in California   January 2nd, 2009 9:59 pm ET

My thoughts and prayers are with the Travolta family. They must get comfort in knowing they are wonderful parents and provide a loving and safe environment for their children.

I had a foster daughter who had Kawasaki syndrome at the age of two before she went into foster care. She is now back with her biological mother and despite the fact that it's possible she might have heart problems later on, mom and grandparents feed her junk food and she has gained quite a lot of weight in the short time she has been back with them.

I was shocked and saddened by the news. Again, my thoughts and prayers are with the Travoltas.

mohammed   January 2nd, 2009 10:02 pm ET

well really what i think is isreal does not have the right to

AC   January 2nd, 2009 10:03 pm ET

I know I do not know John Travolta personally – but in a way I feel like I do – I have watched and enjoyed him since I was a kid and he was Barbarino. He has a gentle, caring charm about him. He has always presented himself as a loving, thoughtful and polite man. I remember how tragic it was when his girlfriend died of cancer. And again when he lost his parents and manager – but as a parent I am sure none of those losses will compare to this. This is every parents worst nightmare. I can not imagine and hope I never know the depth of his grief. So, although he is a stranger to me – he is a familiar stranger and I will keep him and his family in my thoughts during this dark hour. I hope people will be kind and withhold speculation and supposition with regard to what role Scientology played in this story as well as whether or not his son suffered any developmental abnormalities. God Bless his soul and God Bless this family.

Ramo Smith   January 2nd, 2009 10:08 pm ET

All the middle east governments are either dictators or autocrats, there will be no peace in the middle unless we allow them to vote to select their leaders just like Iran and Turkey. Democracy for all not just for us as USA or to Israel Only. Also there should be someone to enforce the expansion of the settlers and contain Isreal to their territory and give the Palestenian their freedom in thier own land.

sal gazali   January 2nd, 2009 10:09 pm ET

Hi Larry; All we keep hearing is hamas broke the seacefire and firing rockets at Israel. the fact is that hamas the democratically elected government of the Palistinian people are defending its people against the goliath of the middle east. the palestinians have been under siege by the israelies for months, with no food, limited fuel, scarce medical supplies. a total blockade on Gaza. Israel is trying to suffocate the palestinians in Gaza, turning it into a Hamas thing, but the truth is the palestinians have been sufering before Hamas, with hamas, and after hamas. they are suffering just because they are Palestinians and Israel want their land for new settlements. But who will speak the truth?

Keya S. Johnson   January 2nd, 2009 10:16 pm ET

When each of the tribes of Israel was apportioned various parts of the Promised Land, Gaza was given to the Tribe of Judah, (see Joshua 15:47 and Judges 1:18) as a share of its eternal inheritance.

The Pallestinians want to break up the land due to radical Islamic doctrine. This is a holy war that will continue until certain prophecies in the holy bible are fulfilled.

cindi   January 2nd, 2009 10:20 pm ET

impossible to say how sad . I too lost a son New Years day. Not the same way . Still painfull. May this family have peace

TABETHA   January 2nd, 2009 10:25 pm ET

I am very sorry to the Travolta family. John was always one of my favorite actors I was watching "Phenomenon" rite before i heard of his sons death it was horrible II ost a very close friend on Dec. 21st he was only 15 and i was devistated i am 14 and to think both these boys were just a little older than me makes me think diffrently about life, My thoughts and prayers go out to the Travoltas and the Rausers...


david   January 2nd, 2009 10:25 pm ET

I have one quation for you Larry. Why the Palestiniens say that there is disproportion betwene Israelies attack and the Palastiniens attack? When the Israely army before boming Hamas building,sending fliers and worrnig the citizens of the area that they will attack. On the other hand, when Hamas is sending missols they always try to target the citizens and not the army. So what proportion we are talking about?

Annie   January 2nd, 2009 10:30 pm ET

There is much sadness in my heart fot the Travolta's tonight .There is nothing as great as a loss of a child.There is nothing no one can say but I am sorry.John,Kelly&Ella my heart breaks for you . Heartbroken Annie

PAMELA SUMNER   January 2nd, 2009 10:35 pm ET

UNISON Deputy General Secretary,
Keith Sonnet, is today
(30 December) calling for an
immediate end to the Israeli
military action in Gaza that has
resulted in hundreds of Palestinian
civilian deaths and casualties.
"Whilst UNISON condemns
rocket attacks by Hamas on
Israeli civilian targets causing
dreadful suffering, the bombing
in Gaza is completely disproportionate
to the threat faced
by Israel. Both sides should
agree an immediate ceasefire
and Israel should open crossings
into Gaza to allow humanitarian
"UNISON is calling on the British
Government to do all it can
to bring about a ceasefire in
Gaza and to make clear to the
Israeli Government that the
widespread military assault on
Gaza is unacceptable
.The military action will do nothing
to promote peace in the region.
"UNISON is opposed to the use of
violence by either side, and we
will encourage our members to
take part in the local protests being
organised across the country.
We appeal also to both sides to
allow humanitarian aid through, to
ensure the death toll does not rise
any higher due to lack of food and
basic medical equipment."

debbi grant   January 2nd, 2009 10:38 pm ET

Anytime anyone loses a child, it is tragic. Parents are not supposed to bury their children. I do think it is even more tragic when people are decieved into believing the lies of false religions that are insensitive to the plight of the human condition. We live in a fallen world but inspite of this, Jesus remains the One True God who loves everyone regardless of what their condition is. I can only hope that through this, the Travolta's will be drawn to the truth about God and call on Jesus for their strength and comfort. I will be praying for them.

Lilian   January 2nd, 2009 10:40 pm ET

I love John and his movies especially 'Face off'. Boy, I don't have to suffer a loss to understand your pain. But, I want to tell you John, don't focus on your loss – rather, count the blessings. Focus on all the moments you enjoyed together. What if you never had Jett? Make a choice to be happy and be gratefull for the good times together.

Heidi Bednarek   January 2nd, 2009 10:43 pm ET

I am so sorry to hear about John and Kelley losing their son. What a
drama and how do you get over loosing a child, regardless how old
it is? Oh my heart bleeds for them to face something so totally unexpected and final. My thoughts are with them.

Pini Wolman   January 2nd, 2009 10:47 pm ET

Friday, January 02, 2009
For 7 years Israel is bombarded off and on by Chama’s. Hundreds of thousand of Israeli citizens are subject to this aggression. How long more should Israel or any country bares this kind of bombardment of her civilian’s day in and out.

The Palestine’s in Gaza are playing double standard they are shooting the Kasam rockets to Israel and are crying that Israel are trying to defend them self.

Its time that the civil Palestine’s population in Gaza will request or vote out the Chama’s they are the once that are bringing time and again this disaster on there people.

Pini Wolman
Los Angeles

carol kesling   January 2nd, 2009 10:59 pm ET

my thoughts and prayers go to the travoltas tonite with their loss, i only have one child and could not bear the thought of losing him !!!! i lost my husband 3 years ago..... very painful !!!!! may god bless john,kelly& ella!!!!!

carol boroski   January 2nd, 2009 11:12 pm ET

eleven years ago, my daughter Amber at the time was only 7 years old, and was undergoing 8 hours of painstaking surgery.After hours of recovery, we tried to get her out of bed, but to no avail..She loved the movie Grease, and John Travolta..It was him and the movie who helped my daughter get out of bed, preventing pneumonia complications. I have tried through numerous television shows over the years to personally thank John Travolta for the positive impact he had on my daughter. He has remained our personal family hero through all of these years, i only wish i could repay him, especially at this time..My prayers and tears are shed for him, kelly and his daughter ella..I can not imagine the pain they are feeling, but i am sure the world will mourn with him and the family.

aditya sarvasiddhy   January 3rd, 2009 12:16 am ET

i felt sad that its his only son who died.

Rose   January 3rd, 2009 12:21 am ET

I was glad to hear Flavia Colgan's comments regarding John Travolta's son...she is right, how can we speculate about what it is he suffered from when we know nothing about him or what his
condition was. I was equally as troubled though to hear Dr. Sonja Gupta's comments as to what he believes it to be when he too knows nothing about him or his condition. He made it sound like Jett Travolta could not have what the family believes it is. Why would you say something against the family unless you knew for sure? What is the problem here? How about not saying anything unless you know for sure what you are talking about.

Cynthia Stark   January 3rd, 2009 12:21 am ET

My heart and prayers go out to this family at this terrible time. I lost my son suddenly and tragically right after New Years many years ago, he was 20, and the holidays bring it all back. Thank you to the members of the press who seem to be giving the Travolta family the space and respect they need at this very sad time.

Paulina Drake   January 3rd, 2009 12:22 am ET

I'm sorry, but I have to take exception to Larry's guest who, though she tried to be thoughtful by saying that there was a balance between letting the family know and the public's interest . . . oh c'mon. I will grieve for the Travoltas but I cannot say that I needed to know this, and I certainly didn't need to know this before the whole family did. Contrary to popular belief, there are many folks like myself whose lives do not revolve around celebrities and the gossip that follows them.

Michelle Enders   January 3rd, 2009 12:26 am ET

after learning of the Travolta family tragedy..I felt compelled to write give my condolences to the family. As I am watching the Larry King Live show tonight I can't help but feel like I am having an out of body experience watching this as the story unfolds. I am a mother of 3 sons, my eldest being 14 and I can never know what John and Kelly must be going through. The loss of a child whether you're famous or a private citizen is tragic and is deserving of our prayers and love....from the depths of my soul I wish to give the Travolta family peace knowing that their son is with his maker...

Fredric L. Rice   January 3rd, 2009 12:28 am ET

If it turns out that Scientology ordered John to not allow Jett to be given medication for his seizures, or if it comes to light that the notorious Scientology Corporation subjected Jett to their "NarCONon" scam, I sure hope that somebody in Scientology goes to prison and John Travolta goes on trial. Child abuse and child endangermount are likely, in my opinion, given Scientology's horrible activities in these reguards.

Michael   January 3rd, 2009 12:32 am ET

Is it useful information or just dishing dirt? The death of any 16 year old is sad and a terrible loss to that child's family. So why does the public have to be subjected to this kind of sensationalism? The answer is, it doesn't, I don't, no one does. Just change the channel. That's exactly what I did.

Thirty seconds of Dr. Gupta explaining what Kawasaki Syndrome is was the only informative part of this episode of Larry King Live.

And lastly, today how many other 16 year old children died as a complication of a seizure disorder? Not only do I not know, neither does Larry King, Dr. Gupta or anyone on TMZ. And yet we are bombarded with the details and conjecture surrounding this child's death. If it is balanced reporting, let's hear about the others. Better yet, change the channel!

Laura Austria   January 3rd, 2009 12:38 am ET

I had Kawasaki's Syndrome when I was two. To be honest, I never knew how bad the situation was for myself after hearing about it from my family. All I knew was that it was rare, and that I had a very high fever. I was in the hospital for a few days. I'm currently a high school freshman, and I hope to have a normal, healthy life. My heart goes out to the Travolta family~

Gabriella Fermo   January 3rd, 2009 12:42 am ET

Back in 1991 I started with seizures at the age of 25. No history in our family. A neuologist diagnosed it as an inflamation of the brain. The medical name given was meningo incephilitus. I was having grand mal seizures. My short term memory was effected. Now, I do not drive because I still have the seizues. I did however give birth to a little girl but that pregnancy was monitored very closly by many doctors. This year we are looking into surgery to repair the damaged part of my brain. My seizures are petit mal but I have so many pills to take to control them. A lot of the times I forget to take them. Hearing the story of Jett Travolta I can see in an occasion my mother told me when I had the first seizure I had a fever, I rolled off my bed and between my dresser and the bed rails I had the violent seizure. I would assume Jett fell and the bump his head made to the floor triggered it. God rest his soul.

john hubbard   January 3rd, 2009 12:45 am ET

scientology killed the young man. jet was not given proper medical treatment because the parents' cult won't allow it. Mr. and Mrs. Travolta are cult members. Many have died because of the cult, when will the US government end the dangerous evil cult like Germany, France and Spain have?

Bashar Khalil   January 3rd, 2009 1:01 am ET

Dear Mr. King,

There is no comparison between Hamas attacks and the massive use of force from Israel side. Can the Israeli Ambassador tell you and the audience how many Palestinian were killed in the last five days, and how many Israeli person were killed since the beginning of 2008? How many infant and kid, and woman were killed in the last five days?

It’s not fair at all. More than one million human are under a siege and prevented from the minimum basic human needs.

I would like to tell Mr. Bush that your blind support to Israel, has lead the area and the world for an irreversible point.

Jennifer N Phillips   January 3rd, 2009 1:01 am ET

I have 4 children and only one son, I could not imagine losing him. My heart and prayers go out to the Travolta family.

jan   January 3rd, 2009 7:18 pm ET

I am really upset about the loss of Jett. My prayers go to the family and I hope they see this post. My daughter (and son) have autism. Both require 24 hour assistance. Kathryn also has had a seizure disorder since I can remember. We have tried every medication on the market and I have pursued every test and latest procedures. She is heavily medicated and still has what is called "Clonic Tonic" seizures which make her fall. Last year I caught her within seconds before she fell in the shower and would of hit her head on the faucet. This monday she will be going in the hospital for 5 days (EEG) and many follow up tests to see if she is a surgery patient. It doesn't matter what you label a child or religion. Even if you are on medication it doesn't always stop the seizures. My nuerologist asked me what I hoped for and I said that she stops falling. I am terrified of the falls. My kids are 19 the seizures got worse over time even at 16 they were changing. I am on alert every second of my life.

Leonard Jenkins   January 3rd, 2009 9:41 pm ET

"To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men." Abraham Lincoln

Hamas is a group that is based in hatred. To shoot rockets into cities and kill innocent children does not give them right to protest Isreals incursion into Gaza. They have no defense against Isreal because the hand that guides Hamas is dirty.

Rick   January 3rd, 2009 9:50 pm ET

I'm so sick and tired of Hamas and all the other Muslim groups killing inocent people. Enough is enough. It's been a long time coming to cut off the head of the snake. One last thing,what about Arabs not helping Arabs. Egypt should open the border to fellow Arabs.To hell with Hamas.Live by the sword sie by the sword

Kerry   January 3rd, 2009 10:14 pm ET

My sincerest condolences to the Travola/Preston family and friends. Please find support and comfort from all of those you have entertained over the years.

It astounds me how people are so quick to try and point blame for this tragic accident. It was an accident that has the worse result imaginable. Controversy around people's religious beliefs and differences have been around since the start of time, started wars and ended many a life, and continues to do so because we allow ignorance of that which is different and foreign to us to scare us. We are not here to judge others because we are scared that in all reality it could easily happen in a second to anyone of us.

Jan   January 3rd, 2009 10:29 pm ET

Me again, I have a few things to add. Religion is not the only reason parents choose not to label their kids. I was told not too (although it was obvious and most thought I was in denial) the reasoning was given in time they will get better. Not so in my case and in most cases. The school I started now has 45 children between 0-22. No two children including my own exhibit the same behaviors or sympton's .

Not all need 24 hour supervision either. The fact is I couldn't afford to care and educate them on my own and they had to have a label. Now with the huge increase everywhere I go people just know my kids are different and have autism.

But I am not famous or constantly in the eye of the public as a celebrity. My kids would not be able to handle that.

Its none of my business what is medically involved with these two celebrities child. Since I can remember my little local public says "I couldn't do what you have had to do" I always yes you would if they were yours. The truth is it is the hardest life, more complex than your wildest dreams.

However, I have never experienced the most purest and unconditional love I receive from my now young adult children.

Regarding seizures I just want to remind you from my previous post it happens in a split second anywhere, anytime even on medication. It is terrifying and we no little about epilepsy and less about ASD.

We simply still do not know much about the brain. I remember a famous neurologist while my daughter was having an EEG in a children's hospital said as I tried to learn from him... he said "look I have patients who I can help with tumors I can't waste time talking to you". That was 15 years ago. He was right and we still know little. But it was my baby!

I am not trying to take away from the incredible tragedy. I simply want to help educate just a bit because the tabloids are going to do the obvious and I just wish I could stop them. Let this family grief alone and hopefully on their terms they deserve it. Don't buy that tabloid stuff. I know it happens I live with it every day. We all love this family. I mean "John Travolta" has been a big part of my generations culture. We hate to see you hurt. Not like he will read this but God Bless you and yours during the most difficult days of your life.

Jan   January 3rd, 2009 10:31 pm ET

MY original post

I am really upset about the loss of Jett. My prayers go to the family and I hope they see this post. My daughter (and son) have autism. Both require 24 hour assistance. Kathryn also has had a seizure disorder since I can remember. We have tried every medication on the market and I have pursued every test and latest procedures. She is heavily medicated and still has what is called "Clonic Tonic" seizures which make her fall. Last year I caught her within seconds before she fell in the shower and would of hit her head on the faucet. This monday she will be going in the hospital for 5 days (EEG) and many follow up tests to see if she is a surgery patient. It doesn't matter what you label a child or religion. Even if you are on medication it doesn't always stop the seizures. My nuerologist asked me what I hoped for and I said that she stops falling. I am terrified of the falls. My kids are 19 the seizures got worse over time even at 16 they were changing. I am on alert every second of my life.

Amber Gitter   January 3rd, 2009 11:21 pm ET

It appears that Jett suffered from autism and why wasn't someone caring for him 24/7? It is clearly apparent by the video that was shown over international media stations that Jett has some kind of autism. If John and Kelly refused proper treatment for Jett during his very short life due to cult beliefs, then they (John and Kelly) should be put on trial for child neglect and abuse.

Stefanie Dupont   January 5th, 2009 3:27 am ET

I hope everyone will not obsess over this tragic event. Though John and Kelly are celebrities, they are a private family, they do not live their lives in the spotlight. Please respect that. Give them the chance to grieve properly. However interesting one may find this please remember, what if this was your child. God Bless.

rick from ca   January 5th, 2009 1:10 pm ET

wish they would have hired a male nurse plus nannies to care for hm....were the 3 of them sleeping in a 1,000 townhome away from the parents? & he was up on NY eve & they did not find hm until morning ?..I wish this resolved & hope they can have peace of mind..god bless !

Gardner Brannon   January 5th, 2009 7:44 pm ET

My deepest sympathy to the Travolta family. Remember, you are not alone in your grieve. Gardner Brannon, Galax, Virginia.

Freeda   January 5th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

My prayers and thoughts go out to the Travolta Family, This event is truly tragic and I cannot begin to imagine the pain they are going through at this time. Not to belittle their grief, but I am certain Jett's family would rather be left to mourn their son's lost privately and not to be judged for their religious beliefs and practices. They are suffering enough pain without us adding to it. If you have ever lost a loved one, you will know that one replays life over and over again wondering if they could have or should have done something different and I am certain this is what they are doing too. Let’s allow them to grieve in peace.

Freeda in San Diego, California

peter gordenstein   January 5th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

First I must express my condolences to the Travolta family. I wonder if this will encourage him to stop making violent films knowing that young people see killing as entertainment.

Richard Webb III.   January 5th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Dear Travolta family ,You are not alone,America and the world are all right there with you.We all love you,and we will all get through this together.God be with you all

Louise Roderman   January 5th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

Poor Larry !!! You just can't get anyone to say they think that Jett was murdered or beaten to death can you? Why don't you leave the poor family alone and let them suffer privately - I'm certain they are broken hearted enough without having to listen to all the junk that you're asking everyone, trying to lead the doctor in to saying that perhaps the coroner was too quick in his findings and perhaps the Travoltas are trying to "hide" something by doing a quick cremation thereby preventing more "findings". I say God bless them and heal their broken hearts and I hope you can find another subject, like having Babe Buchanan display her fantastic knowledge of nothing of which you're so very fond. Come on Larry, we need something relaxing and interesting for a change.

SHEILA WILKOW   January 5th, 2009 9:41 pm ET




john glenny   January 5th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

As a father who has lost two sons, one @ 22 years old and one @ 16 years old, I must say that there are only two thing to talk about now and that is the much abreviated life of a young man...for whatever reason, and the absolute devistating affects it has on his mother and father and other family members. Only we who have lost children can understand this. The rest of you should only know how lucky you are. Give them space and hope for peace.

Kathleen B   January 5th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

After watching tonights show, I am insulted, for the Travolta's, that Carlos Diaz would even think to publicly exclaim that because "John isn't an accountant, he's an actor so he can draw on those emotions, and that might be a good thing..." to help him deal with his son's death. I can assure you that John's job won't be helping him through this. Lets not forget... Jett also had a mother, who is also an actress, who's job cannot help her. Only their faith, family and friends can do that. The only thing that family is feeling is despair knowing that their child is gone and also having to explain that to Jett's little sister.

Sheri   January 5th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

TO THE TRAVOLTA/PRESTON FAMILY: I would like to extend my deepest sympathy in the loss of your son. May God bless your hearts with comfort and peace in the midst of this storm. We come into this world with nothing and we leave with nothing; however, our souls go on forever. I understand you are are Scientologists. Everyone has their own free will to choose the path they take on this earth. I would urge you to pick up a copy of "The Purpose Driven Life" by Pastor Rick Warren and to seek counsel from Christian clergy. Perhaps the pieces to all of our lives will begin to make more sense. Cry out to God. He will stick closer than brother; never will He leave you, never will he forsake you. I will be praying for your family.

angela coleman   January 5th, 2009 10:16 pm ET

john and kelly, my heart breaks for you at the loss of your child. may the lord comfort all of you at this time of sorrow. my thoughts and prayers are with your family. a. coleman

Melcon Smith   January 5th, 2009 10:54 pm ET

My condolences to the Travolta family,
loosing a child is not something anyone ever want to see happen but God knows best. keep the faith alive.

abelardo cervantes   January 6th, 2009 12:46 am ET

hello Mr,king

im a new york city paramedic and the more i hear about the death of this young boy, i can wonder why the police are not looking into child abuse. if this child had seizure and his medication was been held that is a from of child abuse no matter the person doing the abuse. in nyc at least there will be more work up make sure that the child blood levels where at the level they need to be with his medication to stop. i guess money like in the O.J TRAIL say it all go way . i hope that they didnt withheld the boys meds because of there believes. and if they did hope the Jett get justices. but in my 8years working in the 911 i got to wonder if there believes kill there son .......

R Dewey   January 6th, 2009 3:19 am ET

Larry, thank you for speaking with us about John and Kelly's son. As a father of sons, you and I know the gift that they are. I also know the heartache of suffering with an ill son. The loss is incomprehensive.

May God, their church and their friends strengthen them and keep their family together as they walk this dark journey.

Trish, New York   January 6th, 2009 9:35 am ET

With kawasaki syndrome it weakens the heart, arteries and blood vessels. It was concluded that he suffered from an enlarged heart. How could such ignorant people say that this child could not have died just from a seizure? If he was in any way compromized due to kawasaki at the age of 2 with adittional illnesses such as autism or seizure disorder it is very possible for death to occur. My son is now 5 and had Kawasaki syndrome at 3, he still needs to be monitored and may still suffer ramifications in the future due to this illness. Research before you speak and leave these people in peace. Remember actors or not they are still like you and me-

CINDY K DANNESBERGER   January 6th, 2009 1:01 pm ET


james green   January 6th, 2009 9:10 pm ET

It is a tragedy that you are reporting and over reporting the death of this young man as if he were a commodity and not a person.
Perhaps you cannot understand the pain of this death and how bad it is that you are exploiting it to make a show.
I have respected you Larry until this ghoulish side of you came to the fore. Please stop this.

virginia   January 6th, 2009 10:02 pm ET


How sad and truly ignorant on your part and the part of CNN and the entire media to cover Opera's weight gain or loss when there are children and women and fathers and husbands being massacared in Gaza by the hands of the Israelis and the approval of the US..... The US is so much under the influence of the Jews that it has stopped being independent and human ... How utterly Saad .. You think this is not going to bring more hatred and terrible feelings and bad thoughts towards the Israelis ... well you are wrong ... even if you don't cover it, other international media is and you are only getting discredited!

Anna Homoky   January 7th, 2009 12:28 am ET

Larry, I am trying to lose about 5 t0 10 pounds. I watched Oprah on your show and she is doing really great. I'd like to know how could I be more consistent with my exercise. I seem to find an excuse every time I want to go out for a jug. My hair, my neighbors, etc., etc.

Watching your show right now I have made up my mind that in the morning I'll put my jeans and my sneakers on and I will go out. Won't care if the neighbors will see me or not. Thats a promise!!!!

Mary   January 7th, 2009 12:30 am ET

My heart hurts for John, Kelly and their daughter. Many have lost
loved ones but we can not always relate until it happens to us.
My love and prayers are with you and may God give you the peace
that surpases all understanding. Your son's smile was infectious
and obviously his heart was that of an angel. God Bless you.

ed ,vancouver canada   January 7th, 2009 1:32 am ET

Aweful.It is something we with children dread will ever happen..John you are an amazing actor and a highly trained pilot.From the fellow pilots of the world,our hearts go out to yourself and kelly.May god be with you to heal from this terrible loss.

SAUSS   January 7th, 2009 3:49 am ET

I must say no matter what your weight is, it is something you need to manage by keeping a consistent lifestyle. I may be athletic and in great shape, however, I must exercise and eat healthy foods daily to maintain my weight. I do splurge one day a week, however, I still do not eat until I am uncomfortably full. I feel for OPRAH because I too had struggled with my emotions and my weight when I was a teenager. Today I am able to stay slender because I remind myself of being uncomfortable when I was heavier. Everyone is different and must find what works for them. SHOWIN' SOME LOVE OPRAH! I'M WITH YA GIRLFRIEND!

HEYY LARRY! You are lookin' wicked sexy fine in your purple shirt and tie! Hmmmm my oh my, you are an intellectual man and yes I am a fan........SHOWIN' SOME LOVE LARRY........

MaryBeth   January 9th, 2009 12:12 am ET

I just wanted John and his family to know how truly sad I am for their loss. I wish the media would leave them all alone they are a family in great pain. And need to have time to share the love they have for their son and family with just that their family not the rest of the world. May God bless you all with his peace. Jett is in heaven with all your loved ones that have gone on before him. And you will all meet again in heaven your circle will be whole again.
Yours in Christ,

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